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Illiteracy.

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illiteracy

Identity.

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identity

Art.
Fingerprint on paper, Saul Steinberg. Passport Photo, 1953.

Photo credit: http://saulsteinbergfoundation.org/essay/fingerprints/

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It’s a matter of perspective, and of application.

Perspective is present in every experience, event, and composition: it involves a viewer, the viewed, and the interrelation between the two. And application is the purpose assigned to a perspective.

Form and function are outcomes of application. Form is artistic and function is utilitarian. Form alters thought, and function influences behaviour.

Next time you switch off the lights instead of leaving them on, or choose to speak up when you hear derogatory phrases that objectify women, you will have applied a perspective—you will have assigned functional purpose to your words and actions, and you will have reconstructed thought. You will have done what creators and artists do.



In Kyo and Obi, we have consciously applied a perspective that favours harmony and co-existence in storytelling and book production. Expressed artistically in the style of drawing, and functionally in the choice of paper and the method of printing.

We have created the drawings in the story using the simplicity, versatility and expressive ability of line work. The charm of curved lines integrated with the dynamism of sharp lines endorses our commitment to harmony, and broad swatches of single colour reduce the use of ink, while communicating cohesiveness. The paper is made from waste cotton, the images are etched on recyclable plates, and the printing is done largely using solar power and harvested rainwater.

Our perspective has taken form. Hope yours does too.

 

I feel a feel

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If you feel the feel I feel, I feel the feel you feel.

Meet our third protagonist: the nameless, androgynous feeling. It has form and you can feel its presence in the story, in Obi—and in each of us.

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Feelings constitute the mind’s response to an object, an event, or an experience. Sometimes we feel a feel that is pleasant—accomplished, excited, good, great, lucky, thrilled. Sometimes we feel a feel that is unpleasant—annoyed, bad, guilty, lonely, sad, tired. And at times, we feel an equanimous feel—we feel fine.

(where the meaning of the word fine is: subtle and therefore perceived only with difficulty and care).

When you want to tone down the extremes, merge the differences, calm the conflict, try and stand on the fine line—at the point of equanimity.

Three ways in which you can do this.

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—Doodles, by Molly Hahn/Mollycules


As an aside, We Feel Fine is an almanac of human emotion. Originally launched as an interactive online project that algorithmically harvested 12 million feelings, in less than four years, to show how similar people are, despite the cultural, social, and economic gaps that separate us.

Stand on the fine line.

 

Information and photo sources:
https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/contemplation-of-feelings
https://www.brainpickings.org/2009/12/03/we-feel-fine-book/
http://wefeelfine.org/book/#
https://www.buddhadoodles.com/

 

 

I see you Obi.

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mote in sunbeam

 

“A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,” said astronaut and author Carl Sagan in his reflections on the Pale Blue Dot, a photograph of Planet Earth taken at his suggestion, by Voyager 1.

We have ascribed the description to Obiour second protagonist and the mote that inspired our narrative.

—“Obi was as light as a speck of dust and he could only be seen under a sunbeam, but Obi did not know this.”

Obi is not Sagan’s pale blue dot; he lacks the personal significance.

Consider again that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us… every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on the mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. – Carl Sagan
(click to hear the original speech, in audio)

Obi is a tiny, amorphous bit of matter, ordinary and easy to ignore.

—“He (Obi) tried very hard to get other creatures to notice him. He bounced on their heads and gave them dot hugs, yet he did not get any attention.”

However, in the microscopic community, Obi occupies a vibrant place, one among a variety of dust particles—little dots that share our surroundings and represent our world.

A dust particle is an amalgamation of material from cosmic minerals, pollen, and grains of sand to our disposed skin cells. By nature, a dust particle contains nothing unique, just like you and me. And yet, it has its own composition.

To quote part of a verse by educator and author Michael Mader: Dust is a lesson in unlearning the rules of identity. Dust is, says in equal measure (that) Dust is not.

Dust is you, dust is me, dust is us in unity.
I see you Obi!

—“…The thought made Obi glow from top to bottom and side to side. The sunbeam knew then that its work was done, and it moved away. Obi could now be seen without any help.”

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Photo and information sources:
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/02/an-early-draft-of-carl-sagans-famous-pale-blue-dot-quote/283516/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot#Reflections
http://thepaleblue.org/about/pbd-speech/
http://www.loc.gov/item/cosmos000110
https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/what-is-dust-made-of-ted-ed
https://www.michaelmarder.org/
http://bloomsburyliterarystudies.typepad.com/continuum-literary-studie/2016/03/dust-specks.html

 

Say hello to Kyo

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Have you heard the phrase, a barking dog never bites? We borrowed it way back from the 16th century, when it was first recorded in the English language.[i] It gives you a glimpse into an aspect of Kyo’s personality. Kyo is one of the protagonists in the story. And he is a Beagle.

The word Beagle may have come from the French word beugler, which means to bellow—a connection that we simply cannot ignore, because Kyo sure can bark. And that’s exactly what Kyo did when he first saw Obi—he barked!

—“A sunbeam stretched, all the way, through the leaves of the mango tree and caught Obi in its light. Kyo could see Obi, and he glared at him and barked.

Nice way to greet someone, isn’t it?

No bite followed the bark. There was, however, a sniff.

Is that what all the barking dogs do, they sniff? In which case, we will paraphrase and say, barking dogs never bite, they sniff.

This was instinctively what Kyo did—most likely, a biological inheritance from his 5th century Greek, scent hound ancestors. [ii] While Kyo is not out Beagling or hunting for hares, like his ancestral kin, his instinct to sniff still makes his scent receptors—over 200 million to be precise[iii]—tickle his moist little black nose.

—“He (Kyo) sniffed at Obi and started to wag his skinny long tail enthusiastically.”

Kyo had sniffed out a friend. And it wasn’t a human. It was a dot. Kyo soon became the dot’s best friend.

We will make you meet Obi, the dot, in the next post. Hope you enjoyed saying hello to Kyo.

Information sources
[i] https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/barking-dog-never-bites
[ii] Dogs of similar size and purpose to the modern beagle[a] can be traced in Ancient Greece[2] back to around the 5th century BC. Xenophon, born around 430 BC, in his Treatise on Hunting or Cynegeticus refers to a hound that hunted hares by scent and was followed on foot – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle#Hunting
[iii] http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/hound/beagle.html

And time just happened to fly by.

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In a sleepy village called Poi…

Welcome to the story about Kyo and Obi. A story about friendship, self-acceptance, and the acceptance of differences. Differences that make us distinct, like the colours of the rainbow. And yet, when they come together they form a beautiful arch that fills us with wonder and joy. Our diversity is a brilliant light show, don’t be misled by anyone who tells you otherwise.

We can’t wait to share more about coexistence, dogs, dots, and book production. There are a lot of great stories and photos out there and we are going to try to bring them to you, underpinned by insights that add a little spiritedness and a little wisdom. But first, we will tell you more about Kyo and Obi, about line art – a beautiful form of drawing, and the special process used to produce this book.

Will you read what we have to share? Hoping you will.